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Great Lakes workshops help teachers

The Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve and area environmental organizations have put together a series of workshops on areas of concern and a Great Lakes Academy in Erie County for area teachers.

Daylong "Area of Concern" workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next session will be June 2 aboard the Spirit of Buffalo and will focus on the Buffalo River. Additional workshops are slated for Beaver Island State Park on June 23 and four more gatherings in July to October.

A Great Lakes Academy will be held July 16 to 20 at Buffalo Audubon Society's Beaver Meadows and the Department of Environmental Conservation's Reinstein Woods Education Center.

These free programs are supported with a grant to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

To register, call Brittany DiLeo at Reinstein Woods at 683-5959 or visit www.dec.ny.gov/education/80269.html.

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Archery league set

The Niagara Region 2012 3-D Summer League begins June 17. Teams from seven clubs host shoots during the summer.

To register with a participating club, contact the representative for the following clubs: Wood & Brook Conservation Club, Alden, Marty Handley, 870-2653; Double T Archery, Amherst, Linda Dawson, 957-8887; Allied Sportsmen of WNY, Alden, Mike Kurkowski, 983-8544; Erie County Conservation Club, Chaffee, Greg Gattie, 560-9613; Wilson Conservation Club, Wilson, Shawn Galyen, 698-3396; Active Bowhunters of WNY, Holland, John Peters, (585) 496-5819; or Sportsman Coonhunters Association, Batavia, Ken Marble, (585) 356-1282, or Matt Mest, (585) 982-5718.

For the location of the nearest club and the format for league shoots, call John Peters at (585) 496-5819.

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Three bears sighted

Jerry Brown, a Warsaw-area fisheries pond specialist, had seen black bears along the Southern Tier, but a fish delivery in Portageville on the morning of May 12 ended with a "three bears" story.

"While headed back to Warsaw from Portageville at about 10:30 a.m., I spotted what looked like dogs at first but turned out to be bears of about the same size. If they were a female with cubs, the cubs were almost as big as mama," Brown said.

Bear movements northward have resulted in many new sightings in the Western New York and western Finger Lakes areas. In Western Maryland, incursions of bears are such that Cumberland Times outdoors editor Mike Sawyers runs "Bear Watch" items virtually every Sunday.

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Boat safety checks

Swiftwater Sail & Power Squadron offers a free vessel safety check at area marinas on weekends between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Today, boaters can bring their rigs to River Oaks Marina at 101 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island.

Officials will be at Smith Boys Marina, 280 Michigan St., North Tonawanda, on Monday and Tuesday and at Rich Marine Sales, 5 Austin St., on Wednesday and Friday.

For more information, call Peter Krys at 773-5916 or John Dial at 837-6511.

email: odrswill@gmail.com